The latest straight to DVD DC animated movie came out on DVD a while ago and I didn’t really have a moment to talk about it. So here goes…
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies was what I was waiting for to be the animated movie to elevate Superman on my list of DC animated movies. While Superman:Doomsday is at the bottom of my list, it didn’t mean that it was bad just that it wasn’t as good as Batman: Gotham Knight and the rest of the movies.
This, on the other hand, was bad.
Ok, ok, not terrible, just not as good as I wanted it to be.
Here’s the story – Superman is framed for murder by President Lex Luthor to get him out of the way for, um, something. But no worries, because Superman’s bro is on the case! That’s right, despite the fact that he said he wouldn’t help Superman out of what was obviously a trap, Batman shows up in a nick of time to save Superman from Metallo who, incidentally, is the one Superman is framed for killing. (Might I point out that although Superman didn’t actually kill Metallo, it sure seemed like he had wanted to?)
Anyways, the two heroes spend the duration of the movie not only trying to clear Superman’s name, but to also figure out why he was framed in the first place. After 66 minutes, it was all over. Yeah, that’s right, the whole thing was only 66 minutes. Most of that time was spent on Superman and Batman fighting against various superheroes and supervillains with a bit of plot dropped in here and there. I admit, the movie had it’s moments though, like when Superman called Batman his best fwend. Awww. Hehehe.
The only cool thing about this movie is that it had the original voice actors – Kevin Conroy as Batman, Tim Daly as Superman, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. Other than that, it wasn’t that great. This movie officially holds a place below Superman:Doomsday on my list of the DC animated movies.
Here’s hoping the next straight to DVD feature DC throws at us is better than this one. Look for Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths in 2010.